What will learning look like in 2024? (#LRN2024)

So after today’s #lrnchat I thought I would have a go at the challenge set by The eLearning Guild to think about how learning might look in 2024 and to be honest it has challenged me a little bit.  So much as changed in the last 10 years how could we possibly envision what learning might be like in another 10 years and then it hit me

Learning won’t change


How we deliver it, package it and how it is accessed evaluated and utilised will, but it will still be about people needing to have knowledge in order to exist in our world, whatever that world looks like.  Now some of you could I guess fairly complain here that I have cheated a little bit here, but when I look at the changes over the last 10 years they have for the most part centred around how we deliver, consume and evaluate the outcomes of learning.  E-Learning, Mlearning, 70:20:10 and MOOC’s are all examples of this phenomena.  How we think about learning has changed but the act of learning and why we learning hasn’t changed.  

Of course sometime in the next 10 years we could invent brain to brain knowledge transfer, or hardware/wetware interfaces where we can simply ‘chip’ the knowledge we need for a particular activity.  If that is the case though (and it may well will be) then we will have fundamentally altered not just the delivery and consumption of Learning, but learning itself and if we think about it, fundamentally altered what it means to be human.


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Paul Rasmussen is one of Australia’s most widely read Vocational Education and Training Commentators. He provides deep, unbiased analysis and insights not only on topical issues, but also on the underlying structure and policy which supports the industry. His writing and analysis has been praised for its uncompromising and thought provoking style and its ability to focus on the issues of real importance to the sector. He has advised various government departments and ministers, training providers, public and private organisations, not for profits and small to medium enterprises on the VET sector and the issues and opportunities facing it. He is one of Australia’s most awarded learning professionals and a regular speaker at a range of conventions and forums. His extensive experience in vocational education, and learning and development coupled with formal qualifications in philosophy, ethics, business and education management allow Paul to provide a unique view of the road ahead and how to navigate it.

3 Responses to What will learning look like in 2024? (#LRN2024)

  1. LearnKotch says:

    Great post Paul – you are right no matter what way we slice and dice it – learning is learning – thus my discontent with the need to have to add a pre-fix to the word every time something new comes on the horizon – the latest I have heard of is wLearning to cover the new wearable age – the technology is still evolving but yet here we are we have already developed a name for it.

    Learning is learning no matter what letter is placed at the front, at the back or in between – let’s stick to what we do best – Learning !

  2. Donna Meadows says:

    Thanks for the post Paul – so true that why we learn doesn’t change much, however, neuroscience is also changing what we know about how we learn and I think this will have the biggest impact on learning as assumptions are challenged and new horizons forged as we learn more and more about how our brains organise information.

  3. Ryan Tracey says:

    I think you’re right, Paul. In the biological sense, learning won’t change – at least by 2024. Direct knowledge transfer may emerge, but to me whether that is “learning” or not is arguable.

    In the practical sense, however, I think learning will change. As you point out, the last decade has ushered in e-learning and m-learning which I contend have generally changed how we perform the act of learning. Indeed the biological processes are the same as they ever were whether we learn by talking to someone, listening to a podcast, referring to our Apple Watch or looking through our Google Glass, but I think the “e” and “m” pre-fixes are vehicles for learner empowerment. I would say that we are more able than 10 years ago to find information for ourselves, collaborate with others, integrate learning into the workflow, ween off our reliance on formal education etc.

    This, in turn, may (I think “will”) change the concept of workplace L&D. By that I mean we’ll see a big shift from training to learning, where the obligation on the employer to provide the former will offload onto the employee to undertake the latter. I don’t think the pendulum will swing fully that way, but we are already seeing movement in that direction.

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